4 Commanders players who could be spared after 2024 salary-cap hike

The big rise in available financial resources could be good news for these Commanders players.

Charles Leno Jr.
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Charles Leno Jr. - Commanders OT

The Washington Commanders have to get better along their offensive line this offseason. Their production overall was nothing short of disgraceful. It made things incredibly difficult for Sam Howell, who became the league's most-sacked quarterback as a result.

This is something that won't go unnoticed by new general manager Adam Peters. He knows the importance of having stable protection from his time on the San Francisco 49ers. The Commanders also boast the necessary financial and draft resources to finally prioritize this critical area of NFL play.

What this means for Charles Leno Jr.'s future remains to be seen. The veteran left tackle was solid if not spectacular last season. He's not the long-term blindside answer, but there could be some merit in keeping him around on the final year of his deal if the options around him improve.

Leno is counting more than $15 million against Washington's salary cap in 2024. That seems like a lot to some considering his talent, but it's probably below average for starting left tackles league-wide all things considered.

The former seventh-round selection looked like a primary cut candidate, especially if the Commanders find a better edge option for their new rookie quarterback. Thanks to the salary cap increase announced by the NFL, it's provided enough leeway to retain Leno and keep a much-needed sense of continuity.